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Chi-Raq

Chi-Raq

A modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.
Name: Chi-Raq
Genres: Comedy, Crime, Drama
Stars: Spike Lee
Country: United States
Language: English
Year: 2015
Time: 127 min
IMDb: 5.7/10

Storyline

After the shooting death of a child hit by a stray bullet, a group of women led by Lysistrata organize against the on-going violence in Chicago’s Southside creating a movement that challenges the nature of race, sex and violence in America and around the world.
Plot Keywords: violence / murder / woman / chastity-belt / crying-woman
Taglines: This is an Emergency!!!
Certificate: Australia:MA15+ | Canada:18A (British Columbia) | Singapore:M18 | United Kingdom:15 | United States:R
Cast: Nick Cannon , Teyonah Parris , Wesley Snipes , Angela Bassett , Samuel L. Jackson , John Cusack , Jennifer Hudson , David Patrick Kelly , D.B. Sweeney , Dave Chappelle , Steve Harris , Harry Lennix , Tony Fitzpatrick , Anya Engel-Adams , Ebony Joy , Eryn Allen Kane , Michelle Mitchenor , Felicia Pearson , La La Anthony , Yaneisha Franklin , Eric Wilkins , Ldorado Jonez , William Gines , Sarunas J. Jackson , Jay Washington , Corey Hendrix , Prince Eazy , Erica Watson , Irma P. Hall , Jackie Taylor , Gina Breedlove , Anthony Chisholm , Darren Jones , George Willborn , Thomas Jefferson Byrd , Wade F. Wilson , Tish Lyman , Lorraine Ward , Opal Staples , Roger Guenveur Smith , Ilfenesh Hadera , Isiah Whitlock Jr. , M.J. Carey , Samuel G. Roberson Jr. , Val Warner , Brandon Jackson , Curtis Toler , Sammy Joe Temple , Emily Boake Agyemang , Lena Owens , Tiffany Laos , Dasaun Sanford , Trent Anthony Davis Jr. , Al Palagonia , Il Will , Muhammad Ali Sanders , Celeste M Cooper , Nakia Weaver , Carole Copeland , Thea Camara , Jan Donna Reed , Tabatha Taggart , Michael Pfleger , Jordan Abdullah , Precious Grace Allen , Deja Anderson-Ross , Jasmine Applewhite , Latasha Barnslater , Crystal Birch , Camellia Boyd , Nariko Braham , Ebony Brown , Breanna Campbell , Rinska Carrasco , Taylore Cephas , Rochelle Claerbaut , Briana Clark , Tina Cochran , Chalay Collins , Joyce Collins , Carlita Cookbey , Saddakka Cowans , Starinah Dixon , Paris Duke , Quillitene Eastes , Brittany Engel-Adams , Kenya Gillenwater , Rosa Gonzalez , Darnitrea Hood , Bianca Howard , Cassandra Johnson , Grace Jones , Victoria Jones , Martisia Jones , Bagrielle Lavigne , Satchel Lee , Esylen Lema , Briana Lindsey , Danielle Loren Tribue , Abre Macintosh , Jennifer Marthol , Chauntee Mcdonald , Krystel Mcneil , Briana Mercado , Starlotta Milam , Deidra Mixon , Kristian Moore , Keierra Moore , Rosalina Mota , Shakeela Partee , Tatiana Perkins , Just-Us Perkins , Rosalind Pirtle , Tatiana Reese , Erica Ratcliff , Phyjae Richardson , Rihana Pirtle , Evette Robinson , Faatimat Rufai , Brittany Sanders , Jasmine Scott , Nicolette Shegog , Ashlee Smith , Ninah Snipes , Nikeva Stapleton , Shayla Strouse , Lakeisha Taylor , Briana Thompson , Ashley Thurman , Kyen Tilford Golden , Latara Travan , Valeata Walker , Kimberly Washington , Jasmine Watson , Candace White , Amanda Wilkerson , Symiah Williams , Akena Williams , Sharita Wilson , Jamira Wilson , Kenneth Vassar , Kendall Devin Bell , Leonardo Cushmeer , Jay Gillespie , Joseph Greene , Chris Gutekunst , Herbert Harper , Jackson Lee , Jason B. Lucas , Larry Lucas , Noel Malpica , Peter Masterton , Vincent McKnight , Jermaine McTizic , Monty Montgomery , Miguel Moore , Antwan Nelson , Amimbola Osundairo , James Polak , Terrance E. Ward , Regina Denise Cartharn , Lee Albritton , Terry Bishop , Ernesto Borges , Alphonzo Goodlet , Tom-Louis Gray , Cornell James , Al Luis , Fred Nance Jr. , Richard Porter , Marshall Rodgers , Rick Stone , Brandon Bowens , Aj Brander , Romell Bryant , Lauren Candela , Michael Aaron Clark , Patricia Urbonas Clark , Justin Cornwell , Michael Czerniawski , Natasha Forouzannia , Robert Forte Shannon III , Curtis Gordon , Quinn Guillermo , James Hatten , Michelle Shelton Huff , Eric Ian , Matt Iwinski , Emery Johnson , T’Keyah Crystal Keymáh , Claudette Lalí , Alona Leoine , Darryll Lloyd , Berylanne Lynch , Bonnie Rios , Matthew Salter , Epic Scon , Duane Sharp , Charles E Tiedje , Kevin Tillett , Hans Dieter Wolff , Alex Zelenka

Details

Company: 40 Acres & A Mule Filmworks
Country: United States
Language: English
Released Date: 02 Dec 2016 (UK)
Year: 2015
Film Location: Double Door – 1572 N. Milwaukee Avenue, West Town, Chicago, Illinois, USA

Technical Specs

Runtime: 127 min
Soundmix: Dolby Digital
Color: Color
Aspect Ratio: 2.35 : 1

User Review:

Godnesss » There is a lot to pick apart here, I could spend a good amount of time discussing why this movie is irritating.

I see a lot of praise from people in the reviews, and that's okay. I get why people would sorta like this, it's a "powerful feminist movie for our time" I see that. Where I cannot jive with this AT ALL is why they took the name Chi-raq. I don't know any people in Chicago who support this movie, the majority think it's goofy and cultural appropriation at it's worst.

The violence problems in Chiraq are not over colors, and women cannot stop it just by "withholding sex". You can say "it's a positive message, it applies to many places". No, not here. Chiraq is a term from that culture, the savages of Chiraq came up with that term when they started breaking homicide records. People there are irritated because Spike Lee heard the name and decided to run with it without doing ANY research into the culture he was completely and utterly misrepresenting. What Spike Lee did it the definition of appropriating, and it's just not right.

Aside from those ethical frustrations, the movie just isn't good. I'm still mind boggled as to why Nick Canon ever got a role in this film. He's not a good actor. The style of Spike Lee's directing has never been a favorite of mine, it's tolerable in here honestly; that was the singularly redeeming aspect of this film. Otherwise, this is a waste of money.
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